American Airlines to end codeshare with Etihad, Qatar Airways

14 July, 2017, 00:31 | Author: Celia Hoffman
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However, these claims are denied by the airlines.

Qatar Airways, like American, is a oneworld global alliance member so interlining, frequent flyer and lounge benefits remain pertinent.

"The codesharing relationships between American and these carriers no longer make sense to us", the Fort Worth, Texas-based company said.

Canoll added that "there will likely be no economic ramifications for his insults" because Qatar Airways is funded by the Qatar government, and doesn't have to compete in the free market like other airlines.

American announced on Wednesday that it was cancelling code-share agreements with Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways as "an extension of our stance against the illegal subsidies that these carriers receive from their governments".

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, who has sparred with Delta Air Lines executives over policy issues in recent years, is apologizing for referring to US airline flight attendants as "grandmothers".

The launch of service to the Ukrainian capital comes as part of the airline's expansion in Eastern Europe, with services to Skopje in Macedonia and Prague in Czech Republic to follow this summer, Qatar Airways said.

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"We view the decision by American Airlines as being anti-competitive and anti-consumer".

Qatar Airways' newest ambassador Fahad Al Qubaisi said: "I'm thrilled to be here for this important event, where we have gathered to show our unity as a nation in the midst of this blockade".

American says it didn't solicit the investment. "This action will reduce choices for consumers and may result in higher fares for travellers to and from the United States", the statement read.

Etihad said it was "disappointed" with American Airline's exit from the codeshare pact and rejected allegations it violated any air-transportation agreements.

Qatar Airways sent a revised antitrust filing to US regulators on Wednesday seeking clearance to buy up to a 10 percent stake in the USA carrier, according to the filing.

US carriers say the alleged subsidies distort the air travel market and could threaten American jobs.

Qatar Airways declined to comment on the matter.

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